In contrast to the Israelites who hardened their hearts to the Gospel, we want to seek and follow the Lord. And we do this by opening our hearts to God in order to seek His full blessing and live out His holy will. But to accomplish it Paul tells us that we need to do these three things.
First we need to be dedicated, which means to be a living sacrifice. (Romans 12:1). Paul is urging us to present our bodies as holy and acceptable offerings to God. We are to use all of us; our mouths, eyes, hands, feet, and minds to glorify God. Because as 1 Corinthians 3:16 says, “Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”
Next we need to turn away, not being conformed to the world. (Romans 12:2). Christians aren’t to let the world squeeze us into its mold. Because we are in a constant battle for our hearts and minds. And our responsibility is to yield to the Spirit’s transforming work in our lives. Not to adopt the lifestyles and corruption of the world system. Believers in Jesus Christ are in the world, but not of it, nor part of its values.
And finally, we need to be meditative, renewing our mind, and constantly transforming our thoughts by the Word of God. (Romans 12:2). We can do this by daily digging into the Bible. As we mature in Christ, our attitudes, opinions, and values are influenced less and less by the world, and more and more by the Holy Spirit working and living in us. The result is spiritual discernment and the ability to judge what is good and pleasing to God.
Transformation begins with our thinking, and having a conscience that is committed to listening to and obeying God. Our minds are renewed when we study His Word, and our hearts are changed as we submit to Him. We don’t merely try to sin less. Instead, we learn to depend on Him, observe His commands, and trust Him to mold us into people who please Him. It’s then that we discover how awesome it is to live in the center of His will because it’s life at its very best, and there is nothing in this world that compares to it!